Scavange: a text adventure game for the Atari 8-bit computer, written in Atari BASIC, with a spelling error right there in the title.
I wrote this game circa 1988. It was on floppy disk of Atari computer games that I wrote in middle-to-high school. It's a scavenger hunt that I wrote for use by callers to Weird City BBS (I still remember the number: 213-273-5234.) I don't know if anyone ever played it.
The game doesn't have a traditional parser because I was lazy and/or didn't know how to implement one. It only allows a small number of one-letter commands (such as P for push.)
This is the game as I left it in 1988, playable in the Atari emulator...except for the two showstopping bugs that I found and fixed in 2020. As much as I wanted to fix other things (like my spelling) I didn't.
August 2, 2020 Subject:
Wish I'D been this good at BASIC when I was 15!
I'm a regular listener to your “Eaten by a Grue” Podcast. I grew up with Infocom Games, and have really appreciated the enjoyment you get - and share - playing these classics.
Now, on to your game.
I absolutely had a blast playing it! I couldn't save (played in-browser on my Chromebook), but replaying (Groundhog Day style, making each replay more efficient than the last) went pretty quickly.
I normally like a really detailed parser, but the simplicity of your parser was oddly freeing. The play itself was a delight. Despite the Douglas Adams riffs (which we were ALL doing in the mid-80s), your own humor shone through. I found it a really fun read, and a friendly game to play. Thanks for sharing a bit of your youth with us!